Executed with sincerity,
emotion and plenty of universal beauty.
A record largely influenced by some of the most notable songwriters of the ’70s, Grace Gravity’s Dream Analog was captured live in a small home studio and recorded, mixed, and mastered analog. Later on, overdubs of horns, keys, percussion, and backing vocals were added with much meticulousness, giving the album a very warm, crisp feeling.
The cautious listen leads with the soft acoustic strumming and sweet vocals from Teri Hitt on “It’s Coming On,” which lays the foundation for the remainder of the album. “Go Ahead And Shine” then follows with a soothing, soft-rock quality as Hitt lets her strong pipes shine. “In The Center” continues with harmonizing backing vocals highlighting the folk rock approach.
The middle of the record offers some of the best tunes, including the reflective “The Long Road,” where brass and piano work together in soulful ways, while “Who U R” picks up the pace with a punchy rock ‘n’ roll feel. “Something New Can Grow,” a standout track, then finds a pretty place to reside as cosmic moments mix with the slow burning introspection.
Deeper in the listen, “Sunny Side Of The Road” moves with light melodies and a breezy formula that’s as timeless as it is memorable, and “Mother Earth” finishes out the listen with some of Hitt’s best vocals, as a dreamy quality enters the very sophisticated landscape.
A record that definitely brings us back to simpler times, Dream Analog and Grace Gravity herself reminds us of all the things we find appealing about Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, or Heart.
During these hectic, often heated times, an album like Dream Analog is the perfect antidote to the chaos with its serene, almost meditative quality that would have been as relevant in the ’60s as it likely will be 20 years from now.
—As luck would have it we found a time machine and over the next year created an Analog Recording Studio in our home. All my previous albums were recorded digitally.When I finally heard my voice played back on tape for the first time, I got tears in my eyes. It was significantly better. I had never heard my voice recorded in a way that could reflect it back so thoroughly. Until then I didn’t know what was missing in the sound. I knew I was on the right track.
Recorded Analog + Mixed Analog + Mastered Analog for 180 Gram Vinyl
Analog recording allows the messages in the songs to be more completely and clearly delivered. It has natural harmonic overtones and a warm tonal resonance. This resonance is missing in digital recordings as the recording process is to take samples and string them together. The space in-between the samples is missing. This creates square waves instead of sine waves leaving out dimensions you might want to feel and know about.
Over the next two years we carefully recorded these beautiful songs to analog tape.
The final lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums were recorded live on a 1″ 16 track tape machine using tube and solid state gear. As we recorded live we were able to deeply connect as we played and magic happened. We later added overdubs of keyboard, horns, percussion, and background vocals.
This album is recorded at A=432 Hz tuning instead of the “standard” A=440 Hz. 432 Hz tuning is known as Pythagorean tuning. It is based on perfect 5th ratios. This tuning is in harmony with Nature. To me it feels better.
In September 2019 we headed to Northern California to mix at Laughing Tiger Studio. The following month, mastering legend Bernie Grundman completed the process by adding his mystical final touches.
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Teri Hitt – vocals, acoustic guitar June Kato – bass James Whelan – hammond, piano, rhodes Brian David Hardin – drums, percussion, cloud sounds Rebecca Stout – background vocals James – background vocals + Mike Cordone and Jesse McGinty – horns, sax, flute • Matt Crocco – additional piano ** Paula Montondo – additional drums on Whatcha Gonna Do?
1 It’s Coming On 2:23
2 Go Ahead and Shine 2:57
3 In The Center 4:12
4 Song of the Satellite+ 2:56
5 Whatcha Gonna Do?** 3:06
6 The Long Road+ 3:06
1 Who U R 3:11
2 Nothing To Break That Fall+• 2:46
3 Something New Can Grow 3:36
4 Real Clouds 2:44
5 Sunny Side of the Road 3:50
6 Keep it Together+ 3:23
7 Mother Earth 2:39
We had a great time mixing at Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, CA just North of San Francisco.
Producer, Brian D. Hardin, was in his element mixing on a SSL console. It was great to experience it. The resulting sound, to me, is so much more alive than anything created in the box (computer). The sonic messages come through loud and clear.
On our way there we went to the Sequoias to hug some trees and feel their quiet strength. The simple beauty of nature engulfs you and gently reminds you that there is so so much more to life than striving for this or that. Reality is more than meets the eye. We must FEEL to access the higher realms.
The biggest Sequoia there is named General Sherman but we agreed to call it Mother Tree instead. While there we shot video for one of the songs on the album, Mother Earth.
We also shot video for another song, In The Center, at a river there. The river was a powerful presence that flowed all around me as I stood on some rocks. There were tons of dragonflies about. The sound of rushing water is good for the soul. I was happy I did not fall in! Ha ha ha 🙂
The album was recorded analog and now is mixed analog. Soon to be mastered for vinyl (and CDs and maybe cassettes. Ya I said cassettes people!…. ha ha ha). Dream Analog will be released April 2020.
My hope is that it will feed you and inspire you to connect within and grow, to create and share your special gifts with the world. We need you. Blessings to you all.
Sequoias photos by Brian D. Hardin. Studio shot by Erin Tadena.